Your Guide to a DC 4th of July
One of the benefits of living near the nation’s capital is access to unparalleled Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations. This Fourth of July is slightly different than years past, with the fireworks being launched from West Potomac Park rather than over the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Nevertheless, spectators can view the fireworks from the Reflecting Pool, World War II Memorial, and Constitution Gardens. In addition to watching fireworks, visitors can enjoy a host of other activities, including the National Independence Day Parade, Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial, and A Capitol Fourth Concert.
The Salute to America will include music, military demonstrations, and flyovers. While the event will be from 6:30-7:30, gates will open at 3:30 for access. The Salute to America will feature remarks from President Trump, in addition to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), the Armed Forces Chorus, and the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team.
The National Symphony Orchestra, in addition to some of the best-known award-winning musicians in America, will put on A Capitol Fourth Concert on the West Lawn at the U.S. Capitol. In addition, also performing will be the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band. The event will be hosted by John Stamos and will include performances from the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, classical singer Renée Fleming, violinist Joshua Bell, legendary Motown act The Temptations, pop group Pentatonix, country singer Luke Combs, gospel legend CeCe Winans, and Broadway icon Chita Rivera, under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
Though the fireworks will be launched from West Potomac Park, there are many places to find a good spot to view the fireworks. For public spaces, the U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, and East Potomac Park are excellent locations for viewing fireworks. Other locations include rooftop bars or on a Potomac river cruise, though keep in mind some places like the W Hotel rooftop and cruises require tickets, sometimes in advance. If located outside of Washington, DC, spectators can still enjoy the views from Northern Virginia. A couple of suggested locations are the Marine Corps War Memorial, along the Virginia side of the Potomac River, the Air Force Memorial, and Long Bridge Park.
Other fireworks include: